The Whole Child Model 

Yes, it is every bit as concerning as it sounds. Gone are the days that you send your little one off on the big yellow bus to learn the basics such as reading, writing, math, and other subjects that will give them a good foundation for a career. Many parents don’t even realize that is no longer what education even really means. No, now education means every aspect of a child’s life that may be perceived as having an effect on the child’s ability to learn, and all of those identified factors are now fair game to the State through public schools.  

The Whole Child model includes:

  1. Health education
  2. Physical education and physical activity 
  3. Nutrition and environment services 
  4. Health services
  5. Counseling, psychological, and social services 
  6. Social and emotional climate 
  7. Physical environment 
  8. Employee wellness 
  9. Family engagement
  10.  Community involvement

The Whole Child model essentially identifies all aspects of a child’s growth as “affecting their learning” and encompasses those aspects as educational jurisdiction. The model requires partnerships between the school, third-party organizations, and certain professionals within the community. This allows the school to directly route the child through a range of services, with or without the parent’s consent.

This can include social clubs ran by outside organizations, mental health counseling, interviews with social workers, and more. This model seeks to establish the school as the primary figure, the ultimate “safe space” for your child.

So how do they plan to achieve this? Starting with the School-Based Health Clinics.

SBHCs work to increase “school connectedness”. Essentially leading students to believe the schools genuinely care about them and can be trusted without question. With the level of involvement in the school SBHCs have, and the direct access to children, advocates have often boasted about the ability to drive social behaviors, increase total immunization compliance, and shape the child’s development. In other words, their goal is to raise your children.

Services Generally Offered

SBHCs offer a broad range of services intended to replace a child’s family doctor. Examples of SBHC services are:

  • Routine pediatric care, including immunizations, sick visits, & well-child visits. Health screening, eg. 
  • Early Periodic Screening & Diagnostic Testing (EPSDT). 
  • Mental and behavioral health services, including assessment, counseling, & prescription medication.
  • Reproductive counseling & birth control prescription and management.
  • Pregnancy related care.
  • Sexually transmitted disease care, including HIV/AIDS screening & management.
  • Substance abuse interventions (drugs and alcohol).
  • Social Emotional Learning (SEL) support.
  • Dental services (exam, x-ray, cleaning, and sealant when indicated).
  • Vision care (exam and corrective products when indicated).

Essentially, the State, through the school becomes the parent, and the parent.

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